Noam Rappaport

James Fuentes reopens with Noam Rappaport

NOAM RAPPAPORT

November 16 - December 21, 2014

Opening reception Sunday, November 16th 6-8pm

James Fuentes is pleased to inaugurate our newly expanded gallery at 55 Delancey Street with an exhibition of new work by Noam Rappaport.

In the exhibition, Rappaport continues his focus on wall-based works that operate between painting, sculpture and drawing. Using a palette drawn from the constantly regenerating constructed landscape of Southern California, his application of color varies in saturation and ranges from subtle landscape influenced tones, to high-pitched hues of popular graphics.

The predominant format of the works explores two or more merged rectangles. In the larger shaped canvases, the meeting of these two geometric forms - perhaps each suggesting figures, ideas or elements of landscape - create an opportunity for the artist to interpret the space where these forms come together. Rappaport uses this framework to investigate the 'in-between' areas of his compositions, occupying them with cut-outs, raised graphic lines, nebulous rings, marks in relief, hard-edged rectangles and collected strokes varying from incidental to semi-purposeful. Painted or sculpted forms, placed at the meeting points of the rectangles, embody the idea of potential in a point of encounter. 

Born in 1974, Noam Rappaport received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 1997. He joined James Fuentes in 2011 and had his first solo exhibition at the gallery in 2012. 

Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Ratio 3, San Francisco (2013); White Columns, New York (2010); and ATM Gallery, New York (2008). In 2009, Rappaport was included in the two person exhibition, Correspondences, Noam Rappaport and B. Wurtz, curated by Matthew Higgs, at Galerie Steinek in Vienna, Austria. 

Rappaport has also been included in group exhibitions at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles (2014, 2012); Brand New Gallery, Milan (2013); Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles (2013, 2012); MKG127, Toronto (2011); Hannah Barry Gallery, London (2011); and Artists Space, New York (2009), among others. His work is held in the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, Florida. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.